This year, why not celebrate Liverpool Pride with your whole group of friends at Arthouse Hotel?
With our fabulous group accommodation in Liverpool, you can toast to the weekend ahead or bring the party back with you!
Our spacious hotel rooms offer spacious, dazzling accommodation for Liverpool Pride 2017 and we have the perfect selection of rooms for you.
Liverpool has been recognised as one of the top 100 cities for LGBT people worldwide. With a diverse nightlife scene and an array of cultural
About Arthouse Hotel
Arthouse Hotel is a truly unique movie-themed hotel in Liverpool, filled with character and charm that simply can’t be found elsewhere.
Arthouse is worlds apart from a corporate, soulless hotel. Infusing creativity into each and every room, Arthouse offers guests the chance to stay in eccentric, spacious rooms designed for the ultimate night in Liverpool.
Wizard of Oz Room
Our stunning Wizard of Oz room is just one of our fabulous spaces, sleeping up to 6 people and equipped with a stylish kitchenette.
Whether you pamper before heading out or dedicate the next morning to some TLC, why not sink into the rejuvenating double Jacuzzi bath with a glass of bubbly in hand?
Step into the wonderful world of Oz, only moments from Liverpool’s most famous landmarks, top nightlife venues and a short walk from Liverpool Pride 2017 events, look no further for Liverpool Pride accommodation.
Marilyn Monroe Room
Capturing the sultry glamour of Marilyn Monroe, this gorgeous room will ensure that you feel like a VIP from start to finish.
Sleeping up to 4 guests, this fantastically spacious room is perfect for enjoying some drinks before you head out or for relaxing the next day.
Strike a pose for your very own ‘Marilyn Moment’ with the stylish backdrop of our Marilyn themed room, perfect for those in search of group accommodation in Liverpool.
You’ll leave Arthouse Hotel with memories to cherish, even if the night before is a little blurry!
Rocky Horror Show Room
Enter the Rocky Horror Show room for a night of extravagance and entertainment.
Embracing the weird and wonderful cult phenomenon, our Rocky Horror Show room sleeps up to 6 guests and is the perfect hideaway for an overnight stay in the city.
Rocky Horror fans are renowned for showcasing self expression and their love for the show through costume. What better room to stay in for Liverpool Pride 2017?
At Arthouse Hotel, we’d love to see you dress to impress and fiercely be yourself! The more vivid and vibrant the better.
We don’t mind clearing up the glitter afterwards!
Liverpool Pride 2017
This year, the theme for Liverpool Pride is ‘International Love’ and there’s an array of unmissable events to get planning for.
The celebrations will see the iconic Pride March take to the streets of Liverpool with musical entertainment from Noughties superstars and Liverpool’s very own Atomic Kitten.
It’s set to be a weekend to remember and we’re expecting lots of guests ready to enjoy the fun.
Make sure you don’t miss out on Liverpool Pride accommodation at Arthouse Hotel by calling our friendly team on 0151 601 8801.
At Arthouse Hotel, one of our favourite rooms is our Marilyn Monroe themed hotel room, based on Andy Warhol’s infamous art piece ‘Marilyn Diptych’.
Actress, model and timeless sex symbol of the 1950s, Monroe is remembered best for her iconic glamour and perhaps the most sensual rendition of ‘happy birthday’ of all time.
But behind the camera lens, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just the effervescent actress that shone through cinema screens and lit up the stage.
Elusive, modest, and on perpetually in search of love, Norma Jeane, as Monroe was formerly known, was shy, smart and desperate to start a family of her own – a far cry from the sensationalised headlines.
So to celebrate the magic and mystery of the ultimate blonde bombshell, we’ve compiled a collection of Marilyn moments, featuring the best Marilyn Monroe photographs along with captivating stories and facts.
Marilyn reading in Griffith Park in 1950
Though Hollywood headlines and 50s movies portrayed Marilyn as a “dumb blonde”, the striking star owned an extensive library of literature and was an avid reader.
Often photographed enjoying a good book, some of Monroe’s favourites included The Fall by Albert Camus and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
Marilyn leading the way for ladies in denim
A day spent as just another working girl
Marilyn’s business partner and adviser wanted to re-shape her image with this unusual approach to photographing the star.
It was impossible for Monroe to take public transport without being recognised, so Greene felt the shoot would humanise Monroe, portraying her as an everyday working girl.
Marilyn On set for The Misfits (1961)
The romance of “the Egghead and the Hourglass”
In 1956, Marilyn married playwright, author and screenwriter, Arthur Miller. The turbulent relationship proved controversial once in the public eye and many speculated that Marilyn was simply a muse.
Though their relationship ended in heartache, Miller once wrote, ““She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”
Monroe wore Chanel No.5 long before we did
Capturing the essence of Marilyn Monroe as the public knew her, this iconic photograph of the actress applying Chanel No.5. was taken at the Abassador Hotel in New York.
On set of The River of No Return (1954) in Canada
Love before the bright lights of Hollywood
Before the bright lights of Hollywood swept up a young Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe was born, James Dougherty married the pretty teenager when she was just 16.
“We decided to get married to prevent her from going back to a foster home,” Dougherty later said, “but we were in love.”
“I never knew Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t claim to have any insights to her to this day,” Dougherty told United Press International in 1990. “I knew and loved Norma Jean.”
Gazing from The Ambassador Hotel
Making friends on the way to hair & makeup
One of a collection of photographs put up for auction by Monroe’s makeup artist Allan “Whitey” Snyder, this fantastic shot captures Monroe stopping off to pose with bears in Canada.
Marilyn was on her way to hair and make up when the photograph was taken, though she typically avoided having her picture taken without makeup.
And some more friends on the USS Benham (1951)
A Superstar Marriage to Joe DiMaggio
Marilyn Monroe and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio shared a whirlwind romance, marrying in 1954 and splitting just nine months later.
DiMaggio’s love for Monroe lasted far longer than their marriage survived. Remaining friends until the end, DiMaggio had roses delivered to Marilyn’s crypt three times a week for 20 years.
An intimate moment between Monroe and Miller
Norma Jean shooting a rifle
In contrast to Marilyn’s glamorous public image, this photograph thought to have been taken in the 1940s shows a young Marilyn, or Norma Jean, shooting a rifle!
Marilyn dances with friends
Happy Birthday, Mr President
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic dresses of all time, Marilyn’s breathy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F Kennedy was truly one of a kind. From Monroe’s sultry lyrical adaptation to her skintight rhinestone dress, it was enough to send the press into a frenzy.
JFK and Monroe embarked on a adulterous affair, supposedly leaving Marilyn heartbroken. The President had reportedly told her he would leave his family, and Marilyn had even expressed to friend Jeanne Carmen, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”.
Marilyn Monroe with an F-84G in Korea
In Bed with Marilyn Monroe
Canadian photographer Douglas Kirkland’s career spiralled to success following an intimate photoshoot with a reluctant Elizabeth Taylor.
It was this success that led him to Look Magazine’s 25th anniversary issue, climbing into bed with Marilyn Monroe herself.
Marilyn took control of the shoot herself, telling Kirkland, ‘I know what we need. We need a bed, and we need white silk sheets – they must be silk. Frank Sinatra records and Dom Pérignon champagne.’
Marilyn at Hollywood Entertainers Baseball Game (1952)
Marilyn entertaining troops in Korea (1954)
On February 1954, thousands of troops gazed up at Marilyn Monroe, who illuminated the stage with ten shows during her visit. Ted Sherman, who served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, recalled, ‘The movie star was at her glamorous best when she performed ten USO shows in four days for U.S. soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors during the Korean War in early 1954.’.
Sherman added, ‘It was a great evening for all the homesick guys who were dazzled by the movie star’s performance. The sight and sounds of Marilyn singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a memory I still cherish.’
Marilyn’s final photoshoot by close friend George Barris
Marilyn and Frank Sinatra admire a polaroid (1961)
Hollywood duo Marilyn Monroe and crooning legend Frank Sinatra maintained a friendship over a number of years, with many stories detailing a close romance between the pair. It is believed that in 1961 Marilyn and Sinatra embarked on an intimate relationship, lasting several months.
James Kaplan’s account of their relationship claims that Sinatra asked Monroe to stay with him at his Lake Tahoe resort, in a final attempt to win over the actress and protect her from the darker sides to fame. It is reported that Sinatra expressed desires to marry Marilyn, who declined the proposal.
Following Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio turned Sinatra away from her funeral. The former friends had become rivals, and many believe that Marilyn and Joe had rekindled their relationship and would have been together again had she not passed away.
A young Norma Jean Baker
The famous white bathing suit
Arguably the most famous swimsuit photo shoot of all time, Marilyn’s classic white swimsuit has truly proved to be timeless.
Gleaming with confidence, the timeless collection of photographs have inspired generations of women to embrace their bodies and showcase their curves.
And lastly, the most memorable ‘Marilyn Monroe moment’….
We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of the best photos of Marilyn Monroe from over the years.
Discover the best behind the scenes photographs from The Sound of Music along with heartwarming, hilarious facts.
The Sound of Music (1965) is undoubtedly one of the best-loved and most timeless movies of all time.
And at Liverpool’s Arthouse Hotel, we’ve captured the very essence of the classic with our fabulous Sound of Music themed hotel room.
Join us on this nostalgic look back at the film that truly brought the hills alive with the Sound of Music!
Julie Andrews almost wasn’t Maria von Trapp
Though we can’t imagine anyone else twirling over the mountains, the truth behind the scenes is that Julie Andrews very nearly missed out on bringing Maria von Trapp to life.
Whilst director Robert Wise affirmed that his heart was set on Andrews, it has been reported that Shirley Jones, Doris Day, and Anne Bancroft were considered for the part.
And despite Wise’s eagerness, Andrews herself almost turned the part down. The young star worried that the role would be too similar to Mary Poppins (1964).
There “should have” been a romance…
It’s safe to say that the sparks between Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews on-screen may not have required too much acting after all!
Both Andrews and Plummer confessed to having a soft spot for each other while filming The Sound of Music, with Plummer describing working with Julie Andrews as like “being hit over the head with a big Valentine’s Day card”.
The flirtatious pair remain close friends to this day and insist that their feelings never amounted to anything more than a friendship. Whether that’s true or not, their connection has certainly lasted the decades.
Plummer told ABC News:
“We should have ended up together. We should have had a huge smashing affair. But there was no time because she had her children with her, it was most inconvenient”.
Kim Karath didn’t really climb the mountain
The adorable Kym Karath wasn’t actually sat on the Captain’s shoulders for the infamous mountain scene.
Plummer found Karath too heavy to carry and requested a stunt double while climbing the mountain.
Ironically, Plummer had put on weight during filming himself – the director’s even had to alter his clothes!
Christopher Plummer wasn’t exactly a fan
In fact, Christopher Plummer’s weight again whilst filming wasn’t for the reason you may think.
Though we suspect there was plenty of fun on set, Plummer was unhappy with various aspects of the film, particularly being asked to sing “Edelweiss”.
Plummer admitted that he indulged in plenty of comfort eating and excessive drinking during this period, and was even drunk when they filmed the music festival scene.
Though the film went on to become iconic, Plummer recalls disliking filming so much that he would refer to the movie as “The Sound of Mucus”.
Meanwhile, Julie Andrews was a fan of her wardobe
Unsurprisingly, showcasing the Sound of Music wedding dress definitely wasn’t a chore.
In fact, the stunning dress chosen for Maria von Trapp’s big day was a hit with Julie Andrews herself.
The classic gown was designed by Dorothy Jacobs, a renowned costume designer at the time.
Equipped with visible water stains, the iconic dress later sold at auction for $23,040.
“That dress was exquisite,” Andrews recalled.
Filming began tucked up in bed
On their first day of filming, Julie Andrews and the children shot the bedroom scene, in which Andrews sang the timeless “My Favourite Things”.
We can’t think of a better way to spend the working day!
Mary Poppins may have made an appearance or two
Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964) hadn’t been released when filming for The Sound of Music began.
Julie Andrews would keep the children entertained with renditions of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” on set, yet they hadn’t heard the song before.
Later becoming one of the most memorable songs of all time, the children had assumed that Andrews thought up the song herself just for them!
Dinner was served in style
While films don’t always use real place settings and food for meal scenes, The Sound of Music definitely did.
When the children are first introduced to Maria over dinner, real place settings and food filled the table!
The Sound of Music cast found themselves in deep water!
The Sound of Music cast may not have anticipated being hosed down time and time again, but that was what happened!
The tuneful bunch had to be hosed down in order to maintain looking the soaking wet look from falling into the water.
Julie Andrews and Kym Karath also landed themselves in deep water with the boat scene. On the second take, the boat tipped, sending Andrews one way into the water and Karath the other.
Andrews was responsible for catching Karath (who couldn’t swim) but on this occasion, Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa) had to take control!
The Sound of Music was chosen to boost morale
One of the most unlikely facts about The Sound of Music links back to the Cold War.
The same way that The Sound of Music was awarded an impressive five Oscars, the BBC were busy building a nuclear bunker.
In an era filled with Cold War anxieties and paranoia, it’s easy to see why this slightly bizarre decision was being made!
Television execs picked the uplifting musical to be broadcast as part of 100 days of television showings if a nuclear strike should hit.#
Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer just couldn’t stop laughing
This scene may look seriously heartfelt, but behind the scenes this particular duo were in fits of laughter.
Behind the camera, the famous kiss between Maria and the Captain in the gazebo was a far cry from intense…
Both Andrews and Plummer couldn’t seem to shake the giggles as they sang close to each other’s faces.
“Chris and I were standing very close. We were face to face, about an inch away from each other, looking into each others eyes. We were just getting to the point where we would say ‘I love you’ or we’d start kissing… and then those old arc lights would let out a loud ‘raspberry!’ It was like a comment on our scene! Well, Chris and I would start laughing. We couldn’t help it. Then we’d go back to the scene again, and those lights would start groaning at us again! Our giggling got even worse. In fact it got to the point where we couldn’t get through the scene!”
Director Robert Wise found himself with little choice but to film the scene in silhouette, concealing the laughter behind that passionate kiss!
Why not treat yourself or someone special to a stay in our Sound of Music themed hotel room? We’re sure it’ll become one of your favourite things in no time.
Our spacious rooms are equipped with everything you could need for an unforgettable group stay in Liverpool, in the heart of the city’s best sights and vibrant nightlife scene.
To enquire further, you can speak to our team today on 0151 601 8801.